Speaker Biographies

Jennifer Bash, RHIA, RCC, CPC, CIRCC, RCCIR, has been employed by ADVOCATE Radiology Billing & Reimbursement Specialists since 2002. In her role as director of coding education, her primary focus is educating physicians and coders on radiology coding and documentation issues. In addition, she has been a national speaker on radiology coding and documentation guidelines. Ms. Bash is a member of the RBMA, AAPC, and AHIMA and serves on the RBMA Virtual Education committee. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in health information management and systems from The Ohio State University.

Gail Barackman, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, has over 20 years of experience in the medical coding and billing industry. Expertise in coding and auditing includes cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, cardiology, interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, anesthesia, pain management, and evaluation and management specialties. Gail has 10 years of experience in practice management and revenue cycle management for anesthesia, pain management, and cardiothoracic practices. Additionally, Gail worked for eight years as an independent contractor serving as a quality assurance manager for a third-party evaluation and management auditing company. For the past six years, Gail has enjoyed her position as a coding analyst, serving clients with 3M coding products.

John Braud, MD, CPA, is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist in private practice in Shreveport, LA. He completed his residency training at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport in 2008 and currently practices with an eight partner group in Shreveport. He has a special interest in the areas of mammography and MSK and is the lead radiologist at the Christus Highland Breast Center. He is also a member of the American College of Radiology and currently serves as secretary of the Radiological Society of Louisiana.

Dennis J Chaltraw, CRCE has provided senior leadership for over 30 years on three sides of the "AR Equation" -payor side (Aetna), radiology billing (McKesson), and on the provider side in his current position as the Director RCM for Oregon Imaging Centers and Radiology Associates.

Keith Chew, MHA, CMPE, FRBMA, is a health care thought leader with over 35 years of direct experience as a consultant, hospital system vice president, director of practice management, and practice CEO. His consultancy focuses on medical imaging with demonstrated expertise assisting physicians and health systems with leadership, operations, governance, and strategic positioning solutions.

Paramjit S. Chopra, MD, is an interventional radiologist with over 30 years’ experience in interventional radiology and endovascular therapy. He is the president and CEO of MIMIT Health, one of the fastest-growing physician groups in Illinois. He was awarded the Distinguished Physician Award and the U.S. Congressional Medal for Excellence In-Patient Care.

Eric Christensen, MCSE, CCNA, CHCP, is a nationally recognized speaker and author on compliance topics and practice management. He co-founded Healthcare Compliance Pros in 2011, bringing his 30 plus years’ experience in health care compliance, IT administration, and education to the organization. Eric’s background in IT administration has been instrumental in providing a technical view of an organization's adherence to HIPAA Privacy and Security policies. Mr. Christensen experience and expertise are highly regarded in the Security Risk Audits he is asked to perform for hundreds of health care entities. Eric’s experience brings a unique perspective into compliance and implementation in the medical community. He possesses a broad knowledge of telemedicine, e-PHI, MIPS/MACRA, employee hiring and firing, and more.

Andrew Colbert is a managing director and founding member of Ziegler’s Healthcare Investment Banking Practice. Mr. Colbert has represented 17 radiology groups on partnership transactions; he specializes in advising both professional and technical radiology groups on strategic and financing alternatives including merger and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital investments, and partnerships. 

W. Kenneth Davis Jr., J.D.,
is a partner in the Katten law firm. He counsels radiology businesses on structuring, growth and ongoing operations including initial business model development, analysis of regulatory, compliance and reimbursement issues, negotiation of contracts, various types of financings, and sales, mergers and acquisitions. He received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Chicago and his JD with honors from DePaul University College of Law. Over the past 25 plus years, he has given numerous presentations on very diverse subjects before the RBMA, ACR, RSNA, and AHRA.

Barbara Perez Deppman, RDMS, MSM, FACHE, is a detailed-driven executive with proven leadership experience in imaging operations, physician collaboration, resource management, and strategic business development of large, academic and community-based health care organizations. Adept at managing large scale projects on time and within budget including expanding chain of outpatient centers, implementing complex system-wide technology transformations, and leading system-wide multi-million-dollar capital equipment acquisition.

Richard Duszak Jr., MD, has been a frequent faculty member at RBMA meetings for almost 20 years. Well recognized in a variety of practice and professional organization leadership roles, he is currently an officer of the American College of Radiology. He previously served three terms on the influential CPT Editorial Panel and served for over a decade as a litigate consultant for the United States Department of Justice. He has led a variety of sessions and written extensively on issues related to health care policy, payment systems, regulatory compliance, and practice administration and leadership. In his prior private and current academic practice settings, he has worked closely with both APPs and resident/fellow trainees.

Stephanie L. Dybul, MBA, R.T.(R)(VI)(ARRT), CIRCC, started her career in 2004 as an interventional radiologic technologist at Froedtert Hospital. In 2008, she began focusing on the coding and billing aspects of the IR department. Over the next several years, her position evolved to become fully administrative, and she is currently the division administrator for vascular and interventional radiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Chuck Falci, CPA, has been a practice manager with Zotec Partners since 2007 and is committed to helping radiologists better manage their practices.

Sharon Fremer, CPC, CPPM, is a senior revenue cycle executive with experience in large revenue cycle organizations and private practice management. She has implemented large scale technology and operational revenue cycle optimization initiatives at Medaphis, Inc and Precyse Solutions, LLC. At Strategic Radiology, she leads corporate and individual practice initiatives, identifying opportunities to increase profitability through revenue cycle improvements.

Dave Gorman, MBA, is the senior financial manager for the radiology department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Mr. Gorman's responsibilities include oversight of all the ancillary services within radiology, including billing, coding, scheduling, quality assurance, and compliance. He is also responsible for the RCM process and the financial health of the radiology faculty practice, consisting of more than 160 radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. In addition to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he is an adjunct professor of finance at Molloy and Berkeley colleges. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and a Master of Business Administration from Dowling College.

Evan Harris, MD, is a radiologist in Vienna, Va. He received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He has broad knowledge in the areas of vascular and interventional radiology, as well as neuroradiology, and specializes in minimally-invasive techniques to help treat a range of health problems.

Gregory Q. Hill, J.D, has been working in radiology for 25 years as a lawyer and an executive. He has taught residents, fellows and attending physicians for 25 years regarding the business of radiology at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Northwestern School of Medicine, Stanford University, Emory University, University of Colorado, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Topics include compliance, billing, financial statements, malpractice and the general business of being a physician.

Kinson Ho has been working in health care informatics as a developer and architect for 19 years, ranging from PACS and VNA implementation to regional health exchange projects and most recently enterprise imaging. He is currently a solution architect at Change Healthcare. He also serves as the IHE Radiology Technical Committee Co-Chair since 2014, author of several IHE profiles and is a frequent speaker at conferences such as RSNA and SIIM talking about how IHE can help you to build a better-integrated healthcare enterprise.

Leo Hopf is an adjunct faculty member in executive education within the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. His expertise spans strategy, decision-making, and business renewal. Mr. Hopf is the author of “Rethink, Reinvent, Reposition: 12 Strategies to Renew Your Business and Boost Your Bottom Line”.

Reed Humphrey serves as the vice president of business development for Canopy Partners. He is responsible for new business growth, marketing, and strategic partnerships. He has 25 years of experience in technology services and has led business development at three successful start-up ventures. During his tenure with Canopy Partners, the company has experienced rapid growth, becoming one of the 15 fastest-growing companies in Central NC and being named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for three consecutive years. Mr. Humphrey holds a master's degree in broadcast communications from the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from North Carolina State University.

Kayley Jaquet isManager of Regulatory Affairs at ADVOCATE. She joined ADVOCATE in 2019.  In this role, Kayley acts as a subject matter expert on governmental regulations that impact ADVOCATE’s clients.  Kayley stays up to date on administrative policies and programs pertaining to medical billing and reimbursement while working closely with the client services team to educate clients on regulatory topics. 

Dave Jakielo has worked with radiology practices for many decades. His areas of expertise are developing, managing and staffing RCM departments and establishing and monitoring KPI’s to ensure practice efficiencies. For over 30 years he has been presenting various topics to RBMA, HFMA, MGMA, HBMA associations.

Steve Kahn has experience in hospital-based and outpatient radiology, interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine include developing and implementing performance improvement, cost reduction for practice management, revenue cycle management, as well as creating and implementing turn-around strategies for practice sustainability. He is a member of RBMA and currently a member of the RBMA Finance committee.

Navesh Kandiyil, MD, MBA, is an accomplished physician with over 15 years of experience, grounded in health care delivery and operational enhancements including value-based care transformation, workflow reconstruction, and M&A expansions. With an MBA in health care management and MIT accreditation in artificial intelligence/deep learning, his research focuses on performance gains to address foremost changes in health care.

Mary C. Kelly, Ph.D., CSP, Commander, U.S. Navy (ret.), is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over 20 years on active duty in intelligence/logistics. She is an internationally-known economist and leadership expert specializing in leadership, productivity, communication, and business growth. An engaging leadership author/speaker, she delivers humorous, inspiring, and insightful keynote speeches.

Theresa King, CPC, CPPM, has over 30 years of experience in operations management, corporate training, and process improvement, with 17 of those years in radiology revenue cycle management. She successfully managed the revenue cycle for over 500 physicians in multiple states and facilitated dozens of billing system migrations and new technology implementations.

Mark Kleinschmidt has 30 years of experience focused on the business of radiology. He has developed and operated imaging centers, run a mobile MRI company, managed radiology practices (including two of the country’s largest groups), worked for the largest teleradiology company in the country, worked as CEO for the Strategic Radiology consortium of large radiology practices, and provided consulting services to many radiology groups regarding group governance and mergers, strategic planning, and hospital/radiology group joint ventures. Mark is a graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and the William Mitchell College of Law.

Jim Koehler is the president and creative director of Armada Medical Marketing, an agency specialized in radiology marketing. He has represented more than 60 different radiology groups and imaging center networks and has personally visited and evaluated more than 100 radiology waiting rooms and areas.

Miata Koroma, RN, MBA, currently serves as director of economics and practice development at the Society of Interventional Radiology. She has over 10 years of experience in nursing and operations management. In her current role, she manages health policy, coding and reimbursement, practice development, and carrier advocacy. She is dedicated to optimizing medical reimbursements and practice operations through health policy and regulation.

Patricia A. Kroken, FACMPE, CRA, FRBMA, has been a radiology practice manager and/or consultant for nearly 30 years. She is a past president of the RBMA, served on the Associated Sciences Consortium for RSNA and as editorial advisor of the RBMA Bulletin, written more than 200 practice management articles, and spoken at state/national levels.

James E Leitner serves as the chief executive officer of Simplified Medical Management (SMM) bringing more than 25 years of successful business leadership experience. With a proven, real-world system, his and SMM’s goal is to ensure the best medical care by allowing physicians and their staff to focus on the patient.

Debby Mann, RCC, CPC, ROCC, has been employed with ADVOCATE since 2000. As the coding compliance liaison, she develops and implements coding processes that focus on compliance with federal and state regulations. She has spoken at national and local conferences, currently serves on the RBMA Program Education Subcommittee and is vice president of the RBMA Ohio Chapter.

Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, did her medical training in Ireland at the National University and then came to the U.S. for residency at the University of Pittsburgh where she was chief resident. Her fellowship was in women's imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. While working at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx she completed an MBA at Columbia University. She is an internationally recognized expert in imaging economics. In May 2018 she was elected as the chair of the ACR's Board of Chancellors, the first woman to hold this office.

David Miller is a chief administrative officer for ImagineSoftware. David joined ImagineSofware in 2018 after almost 25 years in government service. As Imagine’s chief administrative officer, he is responsible for managing operations and strategy execution as well as overseeing the information technology department, cyber and physical security programs, compliance, and training. David retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately prior to joining ImagineSoftware. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration, both from the University of Alabama.

Timothy Mills serves as the chief growth officer with Alpha II, providing solutions for coding, compliance, claims to edit, and revenue analysis for health care professionals, clearinghouses, and government entities. Mr. Mills has extensive experience in clinical, financial and administrative outsourced technology services as well as turn-key solutions to the provider, hospital, health system, and health insurance marketplaces.

Melody W. Mulaik, MSHS, CRA, RCC, CPC, CPC-H, is the president of Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies. She and her team work with physician practices, billing companies, hospitals, and other industry stakeholders to address their coding and compliance needs through auditing and educational services. She is a frequent speaker and author for Coding Strategies and other nationally-recognized professional organizations and publications and she often speaks at national conferences on radiology specific issues. She is the AHRA liaison to the American College of Radiology (ACR) Economics Commission and also the Vice-Chair of the AHRA Regulatory Affairs Committee. She holds a Master of Science in Health Systems (MSHS) degree and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (BIE) degree, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

Nicole Perez, RDMS, MSM, FACHE, RTR, BBA, MPA, oversaw physician practices providing service to various hospitals and outpatient surgery centers across the state of Florida. She collaborated with physician leadership to strategically design new workflow models that improved operating efficiencies, improved the quality of service, reduced operating costs, and/or improved physician and client satisfaction.

Paul Pitts, J.D., is a member of Reed Smith’s Life Sciences Health Industry Group and the managing partner of the firm's San Francisco office. He advises health care providers and life science companies on regulatory matters and business transactions. This often includes providing clients with guidance on fraud and abuse laws, payment and coverage rules, privacy and security laws, and participation in Medicare and Medicaid programs. He has worked with a wide range of health care providers and life science companies and has particularly deep industry experience in radiology.

Chad Porter works with CEOs and executives to improve their business by encouraging their employees. He has spoken to MLB, NFL, and college athletes on the premise of being a team player and unlocking leadership skillsets that are inside all of us and fighting through what appears at the time as insurmountable. Chad has worked with conferences event planners, churches, schools, small businesses, and community organizations to the Fortune 500.

Anand Prabhakar, MD, MBA, is Chair of Radiology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a member of the Partners Healthcare System. He is also an assistant professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and emergency radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Kirk Reinitz, CPA, is president and chief development officer for ADVOCATE. He has extensive experience as a health care executive and has successfully built and led ADVOCATE, a national radiology RCM company. Mr. Reinitz is a highly recognized health care executive and is known for identifying future trends and as an innovator in developing and providing value-added technology-enabled RCM solutions. He is widely respected as a customer advocate and is a committed entrepreneur. His background includes extensive health care operations management, new business development, marketing and revenue strategy management. Before starting ADVOCATE, he served as vice president of operations for a privately held RCM provider, Medical Management Sciences, where he led operations and client relationship management for the northeast and mid-west regions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Maryland.

Stephen Schulte, Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), is a director in the VMG Nashville office. Mr. Schulte specializes in providing valuation, transaction advisory and consulting services to the health care Industry. He has a broad range of experience working with the physician practice organizations, physical therapy centers, ambulatory surgery centers, specialty/surgical hospitals, and diagnostic imaging centers.

Chantel Seymore is the director of learning and development for the Austin Radiological Association. She has 20 plus years of experience in recruiting, human resources, and training. She received her Bachelor of Science from Southeastern University in Hammond, La. Prior to ARA, she served with Time Warner Cable for eight years in the role of a senior leadership facilitator and was recognized as a Rising Star Leader. She is certified as an Executive Coach, DDI Master Trainer, and DISC Trainer.

Suken H. Shah, MD, MHCDS, is the regional director of interventional radiology for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Monmouth, New Jersey. An experienced director with a demonstrated history of working with innovation in healthcare delivery, machine learning and artificial intelligence, he is skilled in the areas of medical devices, innovation development, healthcare analytics and management.

Chance Sherer, Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), is a managing director at VMG Health with 12 years of experience specializing in providing valuation and transaction advisory services to the firm's health care clients including (but not limited to) radiology groups, hospitals, imaging centers, and hospital imaging departments. He has also consulted on numerous analyses for imaging joint ventures, restructurings, and denovo development purposes.

Jennifer Studdard, RCC, CCS-P, CPC, CPCO, ICD-10-CM AHIMA Approved Trainer, is the director of client services, compliance, and quality for Coding Strategies Inc. (CSI), she is responsible for supporting clients with audits, operational assessments, onsite training, and other consulting support services. Prior to joining Coding Strategies, Ms. Studdard served as a division compliance officer for one of the largest publicly traded multi-specialty health care organizations. As a division compliance officer, she was responsible for implementing and maintaining Corporate Integrity Agreement requirements within her operating division. She also had the opportunity to play a key role in developing and implementing operational policies and procedures that would coordinate Sarbanes-Oxley controls with existing regulatory controls. When her division was acquired by a private equity firm, she was responsible for transitioning the compliance program into one applicable to a private corporation while maintaining the necessary components to satisfy the company’s Corporate Integrity Agreement.

Christian Wernz, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Administration in VCU's College of Health Professions, and holds an affiliate faculty position in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research. His work has been funded by ACR's Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, NSF, AHRQ and healthcare industry partners. His research results are published in Healthcare Management, Health Informatics and Management Science / Operations Research journals. He received his doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008, and  his bachelor's and master's degrees in Business Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Gregory D. Wertz, MS, joined MBMS in 2013 to provide assistance client services to radiology practices by preparing, analyzing, forecasting and presenting revenue cycle and accounts receivable statistics. He has since become the director of industry research and relations, serving clients through research, interpretation, and education on industry changes. He also assists clients by providing innovative, practical application of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, which has become his core competency. He is an active member of the RBMA and currently serves on its Data Committee.

Linda Wilgus, CPA, CME, is the executive director/CFO of Northwest Radiology Network. She currently services as the chair of the RBMA Federal Affairs committee and has held other board positions with Executive Women in Healthcare, Indiana Medical Group Managers Association, Indiana Radiology Business Managers Association and the Cancer Support Community. She is also an active volunteer with Gennesaret Free Clinics and previously volunteered for the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study. She is a 2013 graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Leadership Program.

Bill Ziemke, JD, LLM, MBA, CPA, has served as chief executive officer for three of the largest radiology practices and is currently CEO of Covalent Radiology and chairman and CEO of Intrinsic Imaging. He has worked in over 25 countries and has significant manufacturing, distribution, and litigation experience.